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Cherokee's Trout Fishing Tournaments

Fish Cherokee LogoIn 2011, the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship was held in Cherokee's Tribal Waters — the first time the National event had been held in the Southeast. In 2014, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fish and Wildlife Management division and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce have scheduled a total of five fishing events. For more information, visit Fish Cherokee, a website devoted exclusively to Tribal fishing events.
 

Fishing & Boating

Fontana Village Resort

Contact: Darlene Waycaster
Address:
Hwy 28 North
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Toll Free 800-849-2258
Fontana Village Resort Fontana Village has a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in the intimate settings of The Lodge, suites, 1-4 bedroom cabins, as well as RV & tent camping on the beautiful Cheoah Lake. Amenities & activities include: restaurants, shopping, mountain biking, hiking, marina, boat rentals, charters and superb fishing on beautiful Fontana Lake. Two swimming pools, one with a lazy river, putt-putt & disc golf, ghost tours, massage & fitness center, summer music series, firework displays July 4th, Labor Day & New Years Eve. Abundant conference space to accommodate groups of all sizes. Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located near the Dragon on Highway 28 North, at Fontana Dam, NC. Check our website at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800-849-2258 for further information.

Indian Creek Campground

Contact: Heather and Bill Murphy
Address:
1367 Bunches Creek Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-4361
Indian Creek Campground is located in the mountains on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. The campground is secluded, heavily wooded and nestled between three mountains. We have two creeks running through the campground. Bunches Creek offers some of the best trout fishing on the Indian Reservation. Our amenities include rental cabins and RV's, tent and full hook up sites. We also have hot showers, playground, dump station, laundry facility, creek side sites and a store.

Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management

Contact: Mary Hornbuckle
Address:
1840 Painttown Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-1826
Cherokee Fisheries & Wildlife Management offers over 30 miles of stocked rivers and streams of enterprise waters. Choose from hundreds of fishing spots including secluded private spots, 3 easily accessed ponds or 3 handicap piers. The enterprise waters include 2.2 miles of catch & release fly fishing waters that are open year around. To fish these clear running streams, river or ponds, you only need a fishing permit. Purchase permits from many local vendors.

Panther Creek Cabins

Contact: Noel and Miriam Blakely
Address:
3542 Wrights Creek Road
Cherokee, NC 28719
Local 828-497-2461
Panther Creek Cabins Premier creek side cabins. Honeymoon cabins and cabins for large groups all decorated with antiques and Native American decor. All cabins have furnished kitchen and fireplace. Cabins with jacuzzi are also available. Linens and firewood provided. Enjoy the creek, hiking trail and 60 acres of mountain beauty. Minutes from downtown Cherokee, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, fishing, major attractions and activities. We are open from Mon - Sat 9 am to 9 pm
Sunday from 3 to 5pm (on call by messages)
We speak Spanish

Fly Fishing the Smokies

Contact: Eugene Shuler
Address:
P.O. Box 291
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-7665
Fly Fishing the Smokies Learn to fish in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Bryson City and Cherokee, North Carolina. Discover the majestic streams and mountains while enjoying a day of guided fly fishing with some of the Great Smoky Mountains best fly fishing guides. Since 1999, we have guided anglers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful trout streams in all of the southeastern United States. We offer Wade Trips, Float Trips, our Signature Beginner Classes, Back Country Camping and the option of Half Day and Full Day Trips. We have something for everyone and for every budget. Call for reservations, we look forward to hearing from you!

Tumbling Waters Trout Pond

Contact: Joe or Carolyn Deddo
Address:
1612 Panthers Creek Rd
Almond, NC 28702
Phone 828-479-3814
Located on Panther Creek, 1-1/2 miles off NC 28, between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Mountain Rainbow Trout Pond. Free pole, bait and cleaning! Trout $3.50 per pound. Open March 1st to December 1st. Also a campground.

River's Edge Outfitters

Contact: Joe Street
Address:
1235 Seven Clans Lane (Hwy. 441)
Whittier, NC 28789
Phone 828-497-9300
River's Edge Outfitters is a full service Fly Shop and Guide Service. We are located in the heart of the best fishing on the east coast. Whether fishing the trophy catch & release waters in Cherokee or chasing wild trout, our passion is putting "YOU" on fish. Give us a call to book a trip.

Cherokee Campground & Craig's Log Cabins

Address:
91 US 19N / US 441S Bus.
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone 828-497-9838
Beautiful, family owned, 40-site campground on Soco Creek with great fishing. Walking distance from Casino and Downtown. 11 cabins (7 fully furnished). 10 Bunkhouses. All campsites have electric and water. Also full hook-ups (30 & 50 amp). Quiet and relaxed. Open April thru October.

Fontana Guides

Contact: Kyle Fronrath
Address:
3336 Balltown Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
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Local 828-736-2318
Fontana Guides Fontana Guides offers expert fishing & tour guide services year round on the rivers and lakes of Western North Carolina. We offer a trip for any fish species in the Smokies. Choose fly fishing or conventional tackle. Pontoon boat, paddle board & kayak, wade & walk, and night fishing trips are available. We also offer wildlife sightseeing & sunset cruises via pontoon boat or kayak for those just looking to see the Smokies from the water. Call us anytime or visit our website & Facebook page for more information.

30 Miles of Well-Stocked Trout Streams

The Smokies are a fisherman's delight whether you prefer flat water fishing on Lake Fontana or trout fishing on one of our many mountain streams or rivers. And the trout fishing is especially good in the well-stocked Cherokee tribal waters.

CHEROKEE TRIBAL WATERS
Each year, the EBCI Fish and Wildlife Management division stocks nearly 400,000 trout in the tribal waters, a stream system connecting 30 miles of freestone streams that include secluded forest settings, suburban road side areas as well as the center of the town of Cherokee.

Tribal waters (PDF map) are now open for fishing year around. No license is required to fish in Reservation waters, however a tribal permit is required.

• One-day permit: $10 (creel limit of ten)
• Two-day permit: $17
• Three-day permit: $27
• Five-day permit: $47
• Single season permit: $250

Buy Permits OnlineA permit is not required for children under 12, if accompanied by a permitted adult.
There is a catch-and-release section for flyfishing only. A Tribal Special Use Permit allows use of this area, designated on the Raven Fork. An additional $75 annual permit is required in this section.

Fishing in the "Trophy Waters" catch-and-release section of Ravens Fork requires an additional special use permit. Details, including information on multi-day and special use permits, can be found here.

The tribe offers three handicapped fishing piers that accommodate wheelchairs. One is located at the fishing ponds in Big Cove and two are along the Oconaluftee River in downtown Cherokee.

NATIONAL PARK WATERS
To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license. You can purchase a basic North Carolina license at locations throughout the area.

NC License (Residents)
• One-day : $5
• One-year: $15
NC License (Non-residents)
• One-day : $10
• Two-day: $15
• One-year: $30

OTHER TROUT STREAMS
If you plan to fish for trout outside the National Park or Cherokee Reservation, an additional "trout stamp" is required at a cost of $10. Some of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release. Information on Trout Fishing in North Carolina from NC Fish & Wildlife.

FONTANA LAKE
There are several marinas at Fontana Lake for boat rentals as well as several public boat ramps. Guide services are also available.